Annotated Bibliography for Gender-Related Books in 2007 -- By: Barak Tjader

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 13:2 (Winter 2008)
Article: Annotated Bibliography for Gender-Related Books in 2007
Author: Barak Tjader


Annotated Bibliography for Gender-Related Books in 2007

Barak Tjader

Compiled and Annotated
and Christopher W. Cowan
Contributing Editor and Associate Editor
The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Louisville, Kentucky

In this issue of the journal we profile some of the most significant gender-related books from 2007. Here is a brief reminder about the categories we are using and our intent in using them. Complementarian designates an author who recognizes the full personal equality of the sexes, coupled with an acknowledgment of role distinctions in the home and church, as articulated in the Danvers Statement (see back cover of JBMW). Egalitarian classifies evangelicals who see undifferentiated equality—i.e., they see no scriptural warrant for affirming male headship in the home or the church. Under the Non-Evangelical heading, we have classified important secular works that address the subject of biblical gender issues from a religious, albeit, non-evangelical point of view. This category also serves as our classification for liberal scholars wanting to retain some sort of Christian identity. Finally, under the Undeclared heading, we have listed those authors who do not give sufficient indication of their fundamental stance for us to classify them more specifically, or authors whose position is too ambiguous to classify in light of the category descriptions above.

Complementarian

Ensor, John. Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart. Wheaton: Crossway, 2007.

John Ensor provides a needed guide for initiating and building relationships that is deeply rooted in biblical complementarianism. He argues persuasively that the innate differences in men and women should profoundly affect the way they conduct themselves before marriage as well as after. Men must squash timidity as they initiate romantic relationships while women should affirm and joyfully respond to demonstrated leadership. Purposeful pursuit of marriage, rather than the alternatives offered by the modern dating culture, will establish the proper foundations for a Christ-honoring home. For a more detailed consideration, readers should consult the review by James Dew in this issue of JBMW.

Lesniewski, Linda. Connecting Women: A Relational Guide for Leaders in Women’s Ministry. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007.

Because of the different responsibilities given to men and women in New Testament church leadership (Titus 2:2–5), Linda Lesniewski emphasizes the vital place of women ministering to other women in the church. She describes the components of a healthy women’s ministry and sets ...

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